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Chess piece

Chess piece

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1897 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carlo and Arthur Giuliano (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    cable mounted in gilded metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Judith H. Siegel

  • Museum number:

    M.8-2011

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 68, shelf A, box 5

This rook (chess piece) was made to commemorate a chess match played in 1897 between the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. and the House of Commons in London using a transatlantic cable. A section of cable is mounted within the rook.

Physical description

Section of telegraph cable, mounted in gilded metal, with inscription recording a chess match played over transatlantic lines between the House of Commons, London, and the House of Representatives, Washington DC

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1897 (made)

Artist/maker

Carlo and Arthur Giuliano (maker)

Materials and Techniques

cable mounted in gilded metal

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Arthur and Carlo Giuliano on base

'CHESS MATCH BY CABLE / BETWEEN / HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON / AND / HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON / PLAYED OVER THE LINES OF THE / ANGLO-AMERICAN TELEGRAPH C0., LONDON / AND / WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO., NEW YORK / 1897 / CONTRACTORS / THE TELEGRAPH CONSTRUCTION AND / MAINTENANCE CO., LONDON'
Engraved on the walls of the rook.

Dimensions

Height: 76 mm, Diameter: 49 mm of base

Object history note

This rook (chess piece) commemorates a chess match played by the House of Representatives, Washington DC, and the House of Commons, London, using a transatlantic cable in 1897.

Descriptive line

Rook chess piece embedded with a piece of cable, gilt metal and steel, Carlo and Arthur Guiliano, England, dated 1897

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

A similar rook commemorating the same match was sold at Christie's, South Kensington, London, 7 December 2010, lot 357 (illustrated).

Materials

Cable; Gilt metal

Techniques

Gilding

Subjects depicted

Castle

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Games

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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